College Football Rankings: Pac-10 Top Heavy In The Polls

The Oregon Ducks remain atop the human polls, and the Stanford Cardinal are working their way up the ladder in hopes of perhaps having a second BCS bid for the conference.

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College Football Rankings: USC On Verge Of Joining Top 25

The USC Trojans face a tough test this week when they face the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on Saturday night. They will likely need a win against Arizona, ranked 18th in the latest BCS standings, to rejoin the top 25. In the current edition of the SB Nation College Football BlogPoll, the Trojans are ranked 26th, barely missing the top 25. That is the same rank for USC in the Associated Press poll as well.

The Pac-10 has three teams in the top 25 of the BlogPoll. The Oregon Ducks grabbed 53 of 84 first place votes to nab the top spot, the same spot they occupy in the AP poll, coaches poll, and BCS standings. The Stanford Cardinal, whose only loss this season is to Oregon, are ranked sixth in the BlogPoll, while the Arizona Wildcats fell to 18th after their loss on Saturday to Stanford.

Here is the full SB Nation College Football BlogPoll Top 25:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise St
  5. LSU
  6. Stanford
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Nebraska
  9. Ohio St
  10. Oklahoma St
  11. Michigan St
  12. Alabama
  13. Iowa
  14. Arkansas
  15. Utah
  16. Arizona
  17. Missouri
  18. Mississippi St
  19. Oklahoma
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Nevada
  22. South Carolina
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Florida
  25. Central Florida

Outside of USC at number 26, there are no other Pac-10 teams among the "others receiving votes."

For more USC news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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BCS Rankings: This Week In The Pac-10

This week's Pac-10 conference schedule features tough tests for all three ranked teams, including an opportunity for one team to re-enter the top 25. The top two teams in the conference go on the road looking to strengthen their position in the polls, but the marquee conference matchup of the week takes place in Tucson on Saturday night.

1 p.m.: Washington State Cougars (1-9, 0-7) at Oregon State Beavers (4-4, 3-2)

The Cougars have lost 16 straight and 24 out of their last 25 games in conference.

4:30 p.m.: Oregon Ducks (9-0, 6-0) at California Golden Bears (5-4, 3-3)

The Ducks, ranked number one in the two human polls and the BCS standings, travel to face Cal, who has been bi-polar this season. Cal is 4-0 at home this season, with all wins by 28 points or more, yet is 1-4 on the road.

4:30 p.m.: Stanford Cardinal (8-1, 5-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (4-5, 2-4)

Stanford, ranked sixth in the latest BCS standings, looks to avoid a road letdown after its big home win over Arizona last week.

5 p.m.: USC Trojans (6-3, 3-3) at Arizona Wildcats (7-2, 4-2)

The Wildcats, coming off a tough loss to Stanford last week, look to bounce back at home against the Trojans. Arizona is ranked 18th in the BCS, and looks to hold on to third place in the conference. USC is ranked 26th in the latest AP poll, and will look to rejoin the top 25 with a victory.

Both UCLA and Washington have byes this week.

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BCS Standings: Oregon, Stanford Give Pac-10 Two Top-Six Teams For First Time Since 2007

The Stanford Cardinal got a huge win over a top 15 team on Saturday, beating the Arizona Wildcats 42-17 in Palo Alto, and on Sunday the Cardinal made a huge leap in the latest rankings. They moved up in the latest BCS standings from 13th to sixth, making a potential second BCS bid for the Pac-10 conference a distinct possibility.

Along with the top-ranked Oregon Ducks, the Pac-10 conference has two teams ranked in the top six of the BCS standings for the first time since 2007, when Arizona State and Oregon were in the top five. In fact, in the 98 weeks of the BCS standings, the Pac-10 has had two teams in the top six 18 times:

  • 1998 (Nov 28): No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Arizona
  • 2000 (Nov 18): No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Oregon St
  • 2000 (Nov 25): No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Oregon St
  • 2000 (Dec. 2): No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Oregon St
  • 2002 (Nov. 30): No. 4 USC, No. 6 Washington St
  • 2002 (Dec. 7): No. 4 USC, No. 6 Washington St
  • 2004 (Oct. 30): No. 1 USC, No. 4 California
  • 2004 (Nov. 6): No. 1 USC, No. 4 California
  • 2004 (Nov. 13): No. 1 USC, No. 4 California
  • 2004 (Nov. 20): No. 1 USC, No. 4 California
  • 2004 (Nov. 27): No. 1 USC, No. 4 California
  • 2004 (Dec. 4): No. 1 USC, No. 5 California
  • 2005 (Oct. 24): No. 2 USC, No. 6 UCLA
  • 2005 (Oct. 31): No. 1 USC, No. 5 UCLA
  • 2005 (Dec. 4): No. 1 USC, No. 5 Oregon
  • 2007 (Oct. 21): No. 4 Arizona St, No. 5 Oregon
  • 2007 (Oct. 28): No. 4 Arizona St, No. 5 Oregon
  • 2010 (Nov. 7): No. 1 Oregon, No. 6 Stanford

Arizona is ranked 18th in the BCS, giving the Pac-10 three teams in the top 25. The Wildcats host the USC Trojans Saturday at 5 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on ABC, with Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham on the call.

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BCS Standings Projections: Pac-10 Faces Uphill Battle To Get Two BCS Bids

While it looks like the Oregon Ducks are in the driver's seat for a BCS Championship Game, it will be tough for the Pac-10 conference to get a second team into a BCS game. The Stanford Cardinal made a nice jump in the polls last night with a 42-17 win over the Arizona Wildcats. Stanford is now ranked seventh in the AP poll, and ninth in the USA Today coaches poll.

In the latest BCS projections on SB Nation, Stanford projects to seventh place. In theory, that would put them in a prime position to secure an at-large bid to a BCS game. However, there are a scant few spots up for grabs, and the Pac-10 again may find itself on the outside looking in. The projected BCS top 10:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise State
  5. LSU
  6. Nebraska
  7. Stanford
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Ohio State
  10. Oklahoma State

With six automatic-qualifying conferences and 10 berths in five BCS games, there are four open spots. TCU and Boise State seem like locks to take two of those spots, as they are currently ranked third and fourth, respectively. That leaves two spots left up for grabs. If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten, Ohio State seems likely to gain an at-large berth, which would mean Stanford needs to root for LSU to lose a game. Even then, that might not be enough.

In the 12-year history of the BCS, the Pac-10 has only had two at-large berths: Oregon State in the 2000 season made the Fiesta Bowl, and USC in the 2002 season made the Orange Bowl. Here is a look at the six conferences with automatic qualifying bids and their BCS games:

Conference At-Large Bids
Big Ten 9
SEC 7
Big XII 5
Pac-10 2
ACC 0
Big East 0
Source: Wikipedia
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College Football Rankings: USC Still On Outside Looking In At AP Poll Top 25

After yet another wild, down-to-the-wire game in the Pac-10, the USC Trojans remain on the outside looking in at the Associated Press poll top 25. The Trojans' 34-33 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils last night wasn't enough to vault USC from number 30 into the AP top 25.

USC fell 23 votes shy of making the AP top 25, settling in at 26, in the "others receiving votes section. Here is the AP top 10:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise St
  5. LSU
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Stanford
  8. Ohio St
  9. Nebraska
  10. Michigan St

Arizona is the third Pac-10 team in the top 25, checking in at number 18 after their loss to Stanford.

The Associated Press poll is the only poll USC is eligible for this season. USC began the season ranked 14th, but has been out of the AP top 25 in five of the 11 polls this year. Here is their week-by-week ranking:

Week USC Rank
Preseason 14
2 16
3 18
4 20
5 18
6 28
7 unranked
8 26
9 24
10 30
11 26

For more USC news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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College Football Rankings: Pac-10 Top Heavy In The Polls

A pair of strong showings on Saturday could bode well for the Pac-10 when it comes the latest college football polls. The Oregon Ducks, who were rated at the top of both human polls and the BCS standings, did nothing to diminish their status, beating the Washington Huskies 53-16. The Stanford Cardinal, ranked 10th in the AP poll, 12th in the USA Today coaches poll, and 13th in the BCS last week, strengthened their case with a 42-17 pasting of BCS No. 15 Arizona.

Stanford was 24 points behind Nebraska in last week's AP poll, and the Cornhuskers struggled to a one-point victory over Iowa State on Saturday. Factor in losses by No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 Utah, and Stanford could move up three spots to seventh in the AP poll.

Stanford did move up three spots in the USA coaches poll, just released this morning. Here are the top ten teams in the USA Today coaches poll:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Nebraska
  9. Stanford
  10. Michigan State

The Pac-10 has one other team in the coaches poll top 25, the 19th-ranked Arizona Widcats.

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